Glambot Review & Haul

Hello Beauties,

I decided to film a quick video reviewing Glambot and show what I got from their site during their last huge sale.

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I purchased these products with my own money.

And it was well worth it. I spent a whopping $15 on 5 high end eyeshadows that are all practically brand new! I highly recommend this website if you’re a makeup lover on a budget, but also loves high end products.

…because that’s the story of my life.

And like I said before, I was not contacted by Glambot to do this at all. I’ve just been wanting to shop their site for awhile now and I couldn’t pass up 80% off Urban Decay shadows!

left to right: too faced "cocoa comet," urban decay "dashiki" "chronic" "fishnet" and "gunmetal"

left to right:
too faced “cocoa comet,” urban decay “dashiki” “chronic” “fishnet” and “gunmetal”

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*post contains an affiliate link, but I stand by my stance that all of my opinions are 100% honest and my own

Lorac Skinny Nude Palette

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Hello, today I have a swatch post with review! I’ve had this palette for awhile now, and I’ve been meaning to review it and just kind of…forgot. I get distracted easily, mostly by lipstick. I feel bad that I forgot because this is a really cute little palette! If you’re interested, just keep reading!

So, this is my second every Lorac product ever. I bought the Vintage Vixen palette on Black Friday, and that palette is my baby. I keep that little gem in my “everyday” acrylic case so that it’s by my side at times that I’m sitting down doing my makeup.

I got an email saying that Hautelook was having a sale on Lorac products again, so I made sure to be at my computer when the sale started because I had my eyes on this palette. I went to go put it in my cart and got the dreaded “on hold” message and my heart stopped. I thought I had missed out on the one thing I wanted, but I was able to add it into my cart about 5 minutes later.

Hautelook really knows how to play with my emotions during makeup sales.

Anyway, this palette is so cute and compact. It comes in a nude shaded snakeskin case, and is the perfect size for traveling. There is a mixture of 7 shimmer and matte shades in this palette, and that in general makes my heart swell. I love a palette with a good balance between shimmer and mattes.

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Personally, I feel that any smaller palette meant to travel needs a few matte shades and a few “bam” shades to take a look from day time to night time. It doesn’t take a ton of shades in a palette to achieve that, it’s just about finding the right shades that truly compliment each other in multiple ways.

This little Lorac palette definetely delivers in that area. This is a very warm toned palette, so if warm tones aren’t your thing then you may want to steer clear.

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Pigmentation: These shadows are very pigmented, that was one of the first things I noticed when I swatched them on my arm. They all applied very smooth, and they are super buttery and creamy. Even the lightest matte shade showed up on my arm, and that rarely happens when I swatch cream shades on my skin. Color me impressed.

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Blendability: Pretty sure that word doesn’t exist, but we’re going to use it anyway today. These blend beautifully! I’m not too surprised after using the Vintage Vixen palette though. One of the reasons why I reach for that palette so often is because even though it’s all matte shades, all of the shades still blend like a dream. That and Lorac shadows are always constantly raved about on blogs and on youtube. It’s one brand that I understand why people are always hyping up in terms of shadows. These are very high quality.

Versatility: This palette can create a great range of looks! From matte day time looks to shimmery glamorous looks, the colors are there. I live for that camel brown and warm light brown shade in the palette. So damn gorgeous. I’m a neutral kind of person, whether it’s warm or cool tones, and this palette just makes my neutral little heart so happy.

Overall thoughts: I probably gave this away throughout the post, but I love this palette. It’s very high quality and the shadows are incredible. There is a great mixture of matte and shimmer shades to create both day time and night time looks, and the packaging makes it easy to travel with. I got this on sale off Hautelook for $15, and I know they’ve been on there several times before when Lorac was the featured brand. So, if you’re drooling over this pretty arrangement of eyeball colors, then definitely snag one during their next sale!

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having wonderful days!

If you’re new here, please stick around if you wish to see more reviews and makeup fun!

Meet Matt(e) Nude

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Hello lovelies,

Today I want you all to Meet Matt(e) Nude! I’m such a sucker for a great nude palette, and if it’s matte there’s about a 85% chance that I will eventually own it. I have wanted this palette for so long, and I finally scored one awhile back when Hautelook when they had The Balm on there in February.

The Balm is probably one of my top 5 favorite higher end brands. Their packaging is always so adorable and vintage, yet it has the slightly sexual undertone with the names etc. much like Too Faced. If I had to describe myself with a makeup brand, it could be this one.

Anyway, as you can see above, the packaging of this palette is so cute, yet very chic. It’s small and compact, and I feel this palette would be great for traveling.

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This is the inside of the palette, and please just take in it’s glory for a second. It’s so rare that I find a nude palette this perfect.

Things that I personally look for in matte palettes:
-a light transition shade
-a white/ivory shade for daytime looks
-a good range of light/medium toned shades for daytime looks
-at least a few darker shades to create smokey eyes and/or take a look from day to night easily

Matt(e) did not fail to deliver in any of the above aspects. That peachy toned shade is the perfect transition shade. I die over it. This palette does not have a black, but the darker shades do work well together. Honestly, I like having a few neutral palettes that don’t have a black shadow.

Second thing I noticed about this palette is the size of the shadows (hence the size matt(e)rs line on the front). They are large pans, so this palette is well worth your investment if you’re looking for a palette that you can use everyday.

But what about the actual shadows? Matt(e) is so dreamy!

Top Row: Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy Bottom Row: Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh *swatches done with no primer underneath

Top Row: Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy
Bottom Row: Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh
*swatches done with no primer underneath

Left to right: Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi, Matt Hung

Left to right: Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi, Matt Hung

Pigmentation:

Decent, given that they are matte shadows and by default can be a bit patchy and dry looking when swatched.

How they blend:
These blend very well! I have dry eyelids, and I didn’t find that these looked patchy on my eyes. The brush didn’t drag when I blended the colors out.
Tip: If you are ever having trouble blending matte shadows because you have dry lids, try putting a translucent powder on top of your primer before applying shadow. This helps to blend shadows easier.

My favorite shades: I’m pretty obsessed with Matt Garcia, Matt Rosen, Matt Singh, and Matt Lombardi. I use these shadows to create so many simple, yet elegant everyday looks when I’m on the go. Matt Singh and Matt Lombardi are truly everything I look for in transition shades…and I mean look at Rosen and Garcia. They are so warm and absolutely gorgeous. I can’t get enough of them.

Overall thoughts: This palette was worth the wait. It is everything I expected and more. I know this palette has been out for awhile, but I wanted to do this review anyway since Hautelook has The Balm on sale a few times a year on their site. I feel that this palette can be used alone and in conjunction with other shades. There’s such a great variety of shades that all work harmoniously together, and the packaging is so retro and adorable. Not to mention, there’s a decent sized mirror in it so that’s a bonus!

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading this rambling, and I hope you are all having wonderful days.